Library materials from Lake Forest College's Donnelley and Lee Library
, which houses a collection of over a quarter-million volumes, a variety of print, electronic, media, and primary resources, and offers individualized services to support teaching, learning, and research in the liberal arts and sciences.
Featured are works from the Library's Special Collections. Its origins in nineteenth-century donations from major Chicago-area private libraries reflect the Collegeâs beginnings and patronage from Chicagoâs leadership community. Special Collections consists of approximately 250,000 manuscript leaves and approximately 50,000 books and other publications.
Digitized materials include newspapers, yearbooks, and registers published by Lake Forest College from 1880 to 2002. The roots of the Chicago Literary Renaissance can be traced to the Lake Forest University Review (1880-83). The Lake Forest University Review was succeeded by The Stentor (1887 to present). The Stentor was the local paper of record from 1887 until 1896. This first ten years of the Stentor record the post-Haymarket Riot (1886, Chicago), the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition period, the beginning of golf on the North Shore, and early football, with the game's founder, Walter Camp (Yale), writing an article in 1894. The Stentor also includes a series of college historical articles by John J. Halsey, a notable historian (History of Lake County, Illinois, 1912). The annual Forester yearbook documents students, faculty, and activities of Lake Forest College, Lake Forest Academy for Boys, Ferry Hall Seminary for Young Ladies, Rush Medical College, Chicago College of Dental Surgery, and Chicago College of Law. The yearbook includes accounts by notable alumni of their careers, such as Charles Dyer Norton, who was influential to the Chicago Burnham Plan of 1909. Alumni Registers of 1907, 1914, and 1931 cumulate biographical information about presidents and faculty and update information about then-living alumni, recording the geographic location of individuals, which would be useful to researchers of Illinois history.